Since 1962, Lefkada has been the permanent venue for important international event, Festival of folklore. The main theme of this interesting and colorful event is the promotion of friendship, peace and brotherhood among peoples of different cultures. Dances, folk music and craft traditions remain the main highlights of it. Travelers who visit the island during the festival will have an opportunity to dive into the culture of local people and learn a lot of interesting things about traditions and customs of people from other countries and continents.
Festival of folklore is a recognized and well-liked event, in recent years it was attended by hundreds of teams from around the world. Thousands of artists, dancers, musicians, writers and artists arrive to participate in the holiday. Each team prepares a program of performances; popular singers, musicians and dancers often represent to the audience their joint projects. Hosts of the festival are involved in preparation and do the best of they can. Typically, entertaining and cultural events are attended by at least three hundred natives.
The festival is held in August, and beyond the immediate participants in this period the island is visited by a huge number of travelers. Entrance to the majority of cultural events is free; many concerts and performances are held in the open-air stage. During the festival, outstanding performers and artists are awarded various honors and awards, ceremonies are always very solemn and beautiful. As with any large event, the festival won’t be complete without fair and culinary events. Open markets offer their wares, local and foreign craftsmen and talented chefs acquaint visitors with traditions of different countries.